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Had double jaw surgery 10 weeks ago brushed teeth using softer toothbrush than normal but pressed hard on teeth/gums could pressing hard move jaws bac?

Had double jaw surgery 10 weeks ago brushed teeth using softer toothbrush than normal but pressed hard on teeth/gums could pressing hard move jaws bac?

No harm with brushin: No. You couldn't move the jaws back even if you tried by brushing. In most cases the jaws are fixated with mini plates and screws. ...Read more

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A strange layer of a different color on the tongue. Does not come off with brushing with the toothbrush. No pain, just discolored.?

A strange layer of a different color on the tongue. Does not come off with brushing with the toothbrush. No pain, just discolored.?

Geographic tongue?: You may have something called geographic tongue. In that case there are areas of denuded papillae that appear bald. These areas tend to appear and disappear over time. If that is what you have, it is benign and needs no treatment or concern. See the photo alongside. It is always best to see a dentist for a clinical exam to determine the exact diagnosis in case it is something else! ...Read more

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How do I treat a minor cut in my gum? I accidentally brushed too hard and the top part of my toothbrush kind of scraped the surface of it.

How do I treat a minor cut in my gum? I accidentally brushed too hard and the top part of my toothbrush kind of scraped the surface of it.

Warm salt H20 rinses: Warm salt water rinses should cure this quickly. If you want to place some benzocaine topical over area you will get temporary relief (numbing). You can get that at any pharmacy over the counter. Just ask your pharmacist. ...Read more

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What is best: sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

What is best:  sonic toothbrush, rotating toothbrush, or manual brush?

Sonic: All dental care can work well regardless of the device if used regularly and properly. The sonic device has been proven to be a little more effective than equivalently used other devices. But it is more expensive, a little less convenient and does not travel so well. But take care of your teeth well and they will serve you well for all of your life. ...Read more

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Are electric toothbrushes better for brushing than regular ones? All of my friends seem to be getting electric toothbrushes, and i was just wondering if they actually make you brush better, or if they're just a fad? .

Are electric toothbrushes better for brushing than regular ones? All of my friends seem to be getting electric toothbrushes, and i was just wondering if they actually make you brush better, or if they're just a fad?


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You : You may be cleaning your teeth as well or even better than your friends are with their electric tooth brushing. At your next dental visit ask your dentist or hygienist to critique your brushing. If you are doing an excellent job, why change? ...Read more

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Some mornings i notice a black film on my toung...What is this? I brush it off w/ my toothbrush .

Some mornings i notice a black film on my toung...What is this? I brush it off w/ my toothbrush .

Silent form of GERD: If your tongue is stained black or dark brown it may be caused by medications and certain foods/drinks. Also a a silent form of GERD. If concerned see your dentist for exam. ...Read more

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Dds/dmd: side-to-side (pockets better addressed) brushing in a gentle manner using a soft toothbrush is better than up and down brushing?

Dds/dmd: side-to-side (pockets better addressed) brushing in a gentle manner using a soft toothbrush is better than up and down brushing?

Not true: Using a back & forth motion with a soft brush is fine for the chewing surfaces. On the sides of the teeth it is better to use a circular motion at the gum line for proper cleaning & to prevent wearing notches in the teeth. ...Read more

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I brush my retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush for 3 weeks, should i switch to a NEW RETAINER because of abrasives?

I brush my retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush for 3 weeks, should i switch to a NEW RETAINER because of abrasives?

Retainers: Brush them every time you brush your teeth. Use a plain soft toothbrush. Brush gently but thoroughly, including any wires. Avoid toothpaste or whitening agents as abrasivity can dull the shine of the plastic. Place retainers into Denture Cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) while you eat dinner. After dinner rinse them carefully and put back into your mouth. ...Read more

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Hello, several times a day the middle of my tongue gets itchy. Not painful, just annoying. I brush my tongue gently with the back of toothbrush. Thx!

Hello, several times a day the middle of my tongue gets itchy. Not painful, just annoying. I brush my tongue gently with the back of toothbrush. Thx!

Itchy Tongue: Unfortunately we can't diagnose these types of situations over the internet without a medical history and a one on one clinical examination. Two things that come to mind are a mild allergic or irritation from something you eat, drink or place in your mouth, or... a fungal infection. There are lots of other possible causes. See a local dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Are power brushes really better than regular toothbrush?

Are power brushes really better than regular toothbrush?

No: I used to think if you were careful, manuel toothbrushing was as effective as electric. Then i started using a sonicare and my gums and teeth are much cleaner. My periodontal probings(pockets) have all improved. By using the electric toothbrush exclusively and flossing daily, you too can achieve better oral health. ...Read more

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